The Chautauqua County Independence Party has endorsed Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello for County Executive. The election for a new County Executive will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.


In making the endorsement announcement, the chairman of the Chautauqua County Independence Party, Thom Shagla, stated “We have watched Mr. Borrello’s career as a Legislator and the way he has immersed himself in the business of Chautauqua County. We are impressed with his intimate knowledge of all aspects of its running and the energy he has exhibited. The Independence Party is proud to have him represent our party as a candidate for County Executive.”


Borrello was born and raised in Silver Creek and Fredonia. He is a 1985 graduate of Fredonia High School and a 1989 graduate of Purdue University. Borrello has spent most of his adult life as a businessman and entrepreneur, founding Top-Shelf Marketing in his early 20s. He grew the business into a successful, nationally recognized supplier to the hospitality industry. Borrello merged his company with Progressive Specialty Glass Company and has remained a driving force of the business ever since. In addition to being vice president of Marketing for Progressive, Borrello speaks at hospitality industry trade shows and events. He is also involved with the thriving, beachfront hospitality and tourism business in Sunset Bay.


In 2009 Borrello ran successfully for county legislator. In 2010 he took office as a legislator representing the town of Hanover. During his seven years in office, he has pursued projects to promote tourism, downsize government, and clean up blighted properties, and he has also been a staunch advocate of preserving and protecting our lakes and waterways.


Borrello has championed many successful efforts, including downsizing the legislature from 25 members to 19, founding the Lake Erie Management Commission, and passing an amnesty program for the County Occupancy Tax (which increased compliance and revenues). He fought to keep Lake Shore Hospital open, facilitated imperative dredging of the Lake Erie harbors and advocated for several water-quality improvement projects in the Chautauqua Lake watershed, including major projects on Goose Creek. Borrello has been a tireless advocate for improving our neighborhoods, including demolishing and clearing away derelict and dangerous properties.


In 2016, County Executive Vince Horrigan created the Regional Solutions Commission (RSC) and named George Borrello as its chairman. Borrello and the RSC have advised and assisted with several government consolidations and efficiency projects. Recently, under Borrello’s leadership, Chautauqua County was named as one of six statewide finalists in the New York Department of State’s Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. Borrello and the RSC are working with more than 20 government entities throughout the county seeking a potential award of up to $20 million to help fund consolidation and efficiency projects in the county.


In accepting the endorsement of the Independence Party Borrello stated “I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Chautauqua County Independence Party. Their party represents a large number of voters in Chautauqua County, and I promise to work hard to earn their vote as I remain singularly focused on improving the lives of our county’s residents. I want to thank Chairman Shagla and his committee for the trust they have shown in me.”


Borrello and his wife Kelly live in Sunset Bay, in the town of Hanover, and are both active in several charity and community efforts.


Any additional information concerning this press release can be obtained by contacting Chairman Shagla, via email at